Giacinto Occhionero

Skywalk, 2009, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 55×45 cm

The work of Giacinto Occhionero explores the intricate relationship between man and nature and the cultural impact of man’s interventions on the natural landscape. Informing this idea, his choice of media – plexiglass supports and industrial car paints of petrochemical origin – emphasise distinctions between the hand-made and industrial product. The transparent reflective surface of his supports, through which the viewer must seek out the motif in the painting from multiple points of view, calls into doubt notions of ‘transparency’. The irony inherent in the artist forcing the viewer to perform a dance in search of the image, beyond the surface of his support, serves as an extension of his concern to explore the complexity of modern man’s relationship to the environment. On discovering the full content of Occhionero’s images we find that he treats his subjects with perceptive humour. In Tea Room for example, he depicts a solar-panel power-field in the middle of a desert – a Bedouin encampment shelters in the shade beneath the technological equipment newly installed across their millennial route. Paintings such as this are inspired by Occhionero’s relentless search for subjects in the news media or distant history. In the small painting Skywalk, Occhionero applies a similarly ironic visual pun. He transforms the Skywalk platform overlooking the majestic landscape of the Grand Canyon into a basketball net: a comic metaphor that captures the essence of our sublime hopes while simultaneously emphasising their banality.

For thirsty people, 2008, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 150×200 cm

The fledgelings, 2009, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 150×200 cm

Cartesio e la deplorevole entropia vegetativa, 2009, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 150×200 cm

Spacebury, 2010, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 50×65 cm

Goal Keeper, 2010, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 50×65 cm

Fisherman, 2010, aerosol paint on plexiglas, 50×65 cm

Herman Buhl, 2009, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Nanga Parbat, 2009, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Studio per Cartesio e la deplorevole entropia vegetativa, 2009, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Tibet, 2009, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Idrovore, 2010, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Studio per l’ isola, 2009, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Ayaz Kala, 2010, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Atollo Bikini, 2010, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

United Nation, 2009, pen on paper, 30.5×45.5 cm

Giacinto Occhionero lives and works in Rome. Since 2002 he has had several solo shows, contributed to various group exhibitions and won a number of awards. These include solo shows with: Soligo Art Project, Rome (2003); MB47, Salerno (2004); Studio Morbiducci, Rome (2006); Pino Casagrande, Rome (2009). Group exhibitions at: Lavatoio Contumaciale, Rome (2002); Galleria Rayapunto, Salamanca, Spain (2003); Palazzo S. Massimo, Salerno (2004); Accademia di Belle Arti, Sassari (2006); Hyunnart Studio, Rome (2006); Rialto Santambrogio, Rome (2006); Cinema Avorio, Rome (2007); MUSPAC, L’Aquila (2008); Studio Soligo, Rome (2009). Occhionero has won the following awards: Concorso2% Nuovo Penitenziario, Città della Pieve, Perugia (2004); L’altra metà del lavoro ANMIL INAIL, Palazzo della Cancelleria, Rome (2006); Profilo d’Arte della Banca Profilo, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan (2007)